Physicians’ Refusals of Patient Demands

An Application of Medical Discernment
  • Mark Siegler
Part of the The Hastings Center Series in Ethics book series (HCSE)


This paper will present a series of cases indicating the range of problems that must be considered in determining whether physicians occasionally should refuse to accede to patients’ demands.


Moral Agent Patient Demand Normative Claim Hypnotic Drug General Moral Principle 
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© The Hastings Center 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Siegler
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  1. 1.Section of General Internal Medicine, Department of MedicineUniversity of Chicago-Pritzker School of MedicineIllinoisUSA

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